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CT Bests Barium in Adult Celiac Disease Diagnosis - Diagnostic Imaging

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CT Bests Barium in Adult Celiac Disease Diagnosis

Diagnostic Imaging

Improvements in computed tomography (CT) resolution of the small bowel, colon, and mesenteric lymph nodes have pushed CT scans ahead of traditional barium examinations in the diagnosis of celiac disease, according to a new ...

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I'm going to assume they are talking about a CT enterography exam. I had one done last August due to having continued symptoms. Fortunately it was all normal and further elimination in my diet resolved my symptoms. It wasn't that bad to have done. You had to drink three bottles of contrast (I drank volumun and it was gluten free) each 20 minutes apart. Then you are taken back for the scan. I had an 18 guage iv inserted and was injected with 150 ml of IV contrast. The IV had to be as big as possible because the contrast is injecting very fast to see arterial flow. Other than the hot sensation from the IV contrast It was pretty easy. Here are a few links I found last year..

http://radiographics.../3/641.abstract

(if you click on (Full Text PDF) you can read the whole article)

http://www.mayoclinic.org/gastrointestinal...multiphase.html

images.ctisus.com/cta_web/12_07/AR_11-07_CT_Federle.pdf

(on this one the link won't work so just cut and paste to your browser to view article)

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